And the World Cup is finally heating up. Well unless you are a Sri Lankan or Australian fan who were left very wet and disappointed as the match in Colombo was abandoned. Australia got off to a great start with both openers falling to reach double figures after strikes from Shaun Tait and Brett Lee. But Kumar Sangakarra was in ominous form and unbeaten on 73 and Sri Lanka 3/146 of 33 overs when the heavens opened in Colombo. Who knows what may have happened with the wicket turning an absolute mile and Sri Lanka packing their side will three spinners. Aussie captain Rucky Ponting was far from impressed with the pitch labelling it “rolled mud” so it may have been a good thing. But only playing 33 overs in 16 days is fair from ideal preparation.
England are the adrenaline junkies of the World Cup. The poms biggest win was over the Dutch and that came down to the penultimate over. They then played in the miraculous tied game against India when they went from certain winners, to certain losers to earning a tie thanks to Ajmal Shahzad’s batting in the last over. They then lost in minnows Ireland in the last over. No English cricket fan would have any fingernails left after last night’s performance against South Africa. England again looked headed for a certain defeat after only posting 171 and South Africa cruising at 3/124 when Jimmy Anderson bowled AB de Villiers and Francois du Plessis was run out to set off a domino effect that had South Africa at 7/127 five overs later. There was a brief time when it still looked like South Africa might scrape home with Morne van Wyk and Dale Steyn at the crease but Stuart Broad put an end to that when picking up the last two wickets and leaving South Africa six runs short of their target.
Ireland backed up their historic win over England with a surprisingly solid performance against India losing by 5 wickets. Kevin O’Brien could not repeat his performance against England hulling out for nine but the Irish had a new star William Porterfield who opened the batting with a game high 75. India however where not seriously trouble despite losing five wickets.
The world cup again slumps and the next big match isn’t until Friday when India take on South Africa. However they may be a surprise or two especially with England to play Bangladesh and the West Indies and Pakistan both in action.